December 10, 2011

Books are great.

Filed under: Uncategorized — carrite @ 7:02 pm

Saturday evening.

I survived another day of work. We kicked butt today, sold lots of stuff — which is what we’re trying to do.

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Got some stuff in the mail from the UK today, one of the big radical booksellers in London. The thing by Eleanor Marx and her asshole husband is a first edition. Swan Sonnenschein was pretty much the first real Marxist publisher in the UK. They put out 20 or 25 volumes in a uniform binding in the 1890s, scarce as hen’s teeth but not highly collected, so the prices remain modest.

The Malone is a big bucks pamphlet, a very rare early CPGB title. Malone did prison time for a speech — on the floor of parliament, I think — in which he minimized the problem of “a few Churchills” hanging by the neck from telegraph poles in a revolution, which was regarded as seditious in “democratic” Britain. Off the top of my head, he sat for six months…

“You have the right / to free speech / as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it,” Joe Strummer sang…

OCLC lists three copies of the Malone: one at the University of Alberta, another at the British Library in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, and a third at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam — which is where the 2nd International’s archive is housed. That makes mine the only copy in the USA by my count. I’ll try to scan it up and release it to the public domain this week.

Books Received:

* The Communist International “No. 1” — Has a CPGB address inside front cover, which makes this a 1921 or so reprint edition of 1919 stuff.

* C.J.L. Malone, “What Are a Few Churchills—?”: C.J. L. Malone, MP’s Defence of His Famous Albert Hall Speech. London: Communist Party of Great Britain, Jan. 1921.

* Ernest Belfort Bax, The Religion of Socialism, Being Essays in Modern Socialist Criticism. Third Edition. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1891.

* W.H. Dawson, German Socialism and Ferdinand Lassalle. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1891.

* Edward and Eleanor Marx Aveling, The Working-Class Movement in America. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1891.


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